Fifteen Southeastern Conference football players were among the 76 named to the watch list for the 2014 Chuck Bednarik Award, as announced by the Maxwell Football Club.
Three Southeastern Conference football players have been named to the Preseason Watch List for the Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation's top collegiate punter, the Augusta Sports Council announced.
The SEC players named to the Preseason Watch List include: Sam Irwin-Hill (Arkansas), Drew Kaser (Texas A&M) and Taylor Hudson (Vanderbilt).
Kaser (Texas A&M) is the lone returning Ray Guy Award finalist from 2013.
Ray Guy Award - Punter of the Year
Three Southeastern Conference kickers have been named to the 30-player Watch List for the 2014 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
The three SEC players include: Colby Delahoussaye (LSU), Elliott Fry (South Carolina) and Marshall Morgan (Georgia).
The Award is named for National Football League Hall of Fame kicker Lou "The Toe" Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Groza won four NFL championships with Cleveland and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954. Although an All-Pro offensive lineman as well, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.
Lou Groza Award - Nation's Top Place-Kicker
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Four Southeastern Conference football players were among the 47 student-athletes named to the 2014 Watch List for the Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse, the Louisville Sports Commission announced.
The SEC players named to the list were South Carolina's Pharoh Cooper, Alabama's Christion Jones, Mississippi State's Jameon Lewis and Missouri's Marcus Murphy.
The Paul Hornung Award, now in its fifth season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung, the Golden Boy.
The 2014 Watch List was compiled by a panel of college football experts based on a combination of 2013 statistics, career performance and expectations heading into the 2014 season. Profiles of each player and information about the Award can be found at www.paulhornungaward.com.
Hornung is impressed with the skills and attitude of the players on the Watch List. "It's great that we are able to acknowledge outstanding players who contribute any way possible to help their team win," Hornung said. "Doing what it takes to win was a trait that I learned early in my athletic career and carried with me to Notre Dame and the Green Bay Packers. I look forward to following the players on our Watch List during the upcoming season. And I enjoy watching many of our winners and finalists from the first four years as they make their marks in the NFL."
Paul Hornung Award Watch List Presented by Texas Roadhouse - Most Versatile Player
NEW YORK - Seven Southeastern Conference football players have been named to the Preseason Watch List for the 2014 John Mackey Award. Given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end, the award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and the 2014 John Mackey recipient will be announced on December 10, 2014 and then presented live on December 11, 2014 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU.
The seven SEC players included on the Preseason Watch List include: Rory Anderson (South Carolina), Evan Engram (Ole Miss), Hunter Henry (Arkansas), OJ Howard (Alabama), Malcolm Johnson (Mississippi State), Jay Rome (Georgia) and CJ Uzomah (Auburn).
NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey is considered to be the best to have played the tight end position. A tight end by whom all others are measured, Mackey was a role model on and off the field as demonstrated by his Super Bowl Championship, his commitment to community and his place in history as the first President of the NFLPA.
John Mackey Award Watch List - Most Outstanding Tight End
Thirteen Southeastern Conference football players have been named to the Preseason Watch List for the 78th Annual Maxwell Award, as announced by the Maxwell Football Club.
The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell, has been given to America's College Player of the Year since 1937. Maxwell's contributions to the game of football were extensive, including as a player, a sportswriter and an official.
Alabama's AJ McCarron was the 2013 recipient of the Maxwell Award.
Maxwell Award - America's College Player of the Year
A nation-leading 11 Southeastern Conference football players have been named to the 2014 Fall Watch List for the Rimington Trophy, which includes 66 of the best centers in Division I college football.
SEC players included on the Rimington Trophy Watch List include: David Andrews (Georgia), Evan Boehm (Missouri), Dillon Day (Mississippi State), Reese Dismukes (Auburn), Max Garcia (Florida), Ryan Kelly (Alabama), Mike Matthews (Texas A&M), Elliott Porter (LSU), Jon Toth (Kentucky), Joe Townsend (Vanderbilt)and Cody Waldrop (South Carolina).
The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2.5 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The fifteen-year old award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised more than $100 million for CF Research.
Dave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman.
Rimington Trophy - Most Outstanding Center
Sixteen Southeastern Conference football players were named to the 2014 Preseason Watch List for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded annual to the nation's most outstanding defensive player in college football.
Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the course of the season. Once again, the FWAA will choose a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week each Tuesday throughout the season. If not already on the watch list, the honored player will be added at that time. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 20.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner will be chosen from those five finalists who are part of the 2014 FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association's entire membership, selects the 26-man All-America Team and eventually the Nagurski finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner, the best defensive player in America.
Bronko Nagurski Trophy - Most Outstanding Defensive Player
A nation-leading 19 Southeastern Conference football players were named to the 2014 Outland Trophy Watch List, given to the nation's most outstanding interior lineman.
The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are part of the FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects the 26-man first team and eventually the Outland finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner. Only interior linemen on offense or defense are eligible for the award; ends are not eligible.
Outland Trophy - Most Outstanding Interior Lineman
Four Southeastern Conference football players have been named to the preseason watch list for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back.
The SEC players included on the watch list include: Landon Collins (Alabama), Vernon Hargreaves (Florida), Cody Prewitt (Ole Miss) and Tre'Davious White (LSU).
The Jim Thorpe Award, which goes to the nation's best defensive back, was established in 1986 and is named after history's greatest all-around athlete, Jim Thorpe. Thorpe excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on the offensive side of the ball, but also stood out as a defensive back. In addition to his legendary performance on the football field, Thorpe played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.
Jim Thorpe Award - Outstanding Defensive Back
Nine Southeastern Conference football players were among the 51 named to the watch list for the 2014 Butkus Award, which honors the top linebacker in collegiate football.
Thirteen Southeastern Conference football players were among the 123 named to the watch list for the 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, or linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. The candidates earned a place on the preliminary watch list by earning All-American honors, being named to their respective all-conference teams or receiving 2014 pre-season honors.
The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., announced that four Southeastern Conference football players have been named to the Preseason Watch List for the Biletnikoff Award, which recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football.
Biletnikoff Award - Outstanding Receiver
Five Southeastern Conference football players have been named to the Preseason Watch List for the 2014 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award.
Davey O'Brien Award Watch List - Nation's Best Quarterback
Eleven Southeastern Conference football players have been named to the Preseason Watch List for the Doak Walker Award, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced. The Doak Walker Award recognizes the nation's top college running back.
Doak Walker Award - Outstanding Running Back
Walter Camp Award - Nation's Most Outstanding Player
Three Southeastern Conference quarterbacks were named to the Preseason Watch List for the Manning Award. The list includes 32 of the top quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2014 season. The winner will again be selected by a voting panel, which includes national media and each of the Mannings, after the bowls.
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting.
"This is always a great time of year with college football ramping up once again," said Archie Manning. "We have a very strong group of 32 quarterbacks on our Watch List this year and we've seen them all in action, but every year there are new guys who jump right in and become stars. That's what makes college football such a wonderful sport - you never know what might happen once the teams get out on the field."
Additional quarterbacks may be added to the Watch List after the start of the season. The list of 10 finalists will be released on Wednesday, Nov. 26. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 14.